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Basil
04-29-2018, 09:59 AM
Have you ever ridden as a passenger with someone whose driving made you really nervous? For example, when I drive, I am (rhymes with A Nail) about keeping both hands firmly on the wheel, usually either at 9 and 3 or 10 and 2, but I keep a grip on the wheel at all times (I might reach over occasionally to tune a radio, but otherwise...).

I recently had occasion to ride as a passenger on a long trip with a very nice fellow who drove either with his hand/wrist just resting lightly on the top of the wheel or a finger or two resting on the spoke of the steering wheel. He also had a disturbing habit of taking both hands off the wheel and waving them in the air while talking. In other words, he would have had no control if a front tire blew or anything else happened suddenly that would require immediate control of the car.

At one point, as he was waving his hands in the air, I politely said "would you mind keeping your hands on the wheel - I'm just a nervous passenger."

Oh, and turn signals? What's are those?

Anyone else ever ride in a vehicle with someone whose driving skills made you happy to get to your destination in one piece?

NutmegCT
04-29-2018, 10:07 AM
Y E S !

Get in friend's car, he backs into a hedge before heading forward on the driveway. Then pulls out into the road without looking; two cars screech on brakes to avoid hitting us. He says "where'd they come from?"

We then proceed down the highway, crossing the center line, even veering into the shoulder area, while he's playing with the digital control screen. Our speed varies from 20 over the speed limit, to 20 under the speed limit.

I ask if we can let in some fresh air (vent button shows "recirculate" - fresh air vents are closed). He says "always wondered how to do that". He's only had the car for two years ...

This continues for 40 minutes until we thankfully reach the destination. I silently wish for someone to plow into his car while it's parked, so the return trip won't happen.

Forgot to say - he's a volunteer driving instructor for a group of retired folks.

yeesh

Basil
04-29-2018, 10:09 AM
Forgot to say - he's a volunteer driving instructor for a group of retired folks.

:scared: :nightmare: :ambivalence: :cower:

65_BRG_Sprite
04-29-2018, 10:23 AM
I had a supervisor that was (is) a super guy. But as he drove and talked with phone in one hand and waved the other around with his conversation, worried me no end.

DrEntropy
04-29-2018, 12:43 PM
It is VERY rare for me to allow myself to be a passenger unless I know and trust the driver.

TRMark
04-29-2018, 03:13 PM
So, the driving instructor, was he driving a Buick?

pdplot
04-29-2018, 10:56 PM
1. Many years ago, I volunteered with a friend to help sail a mutual friend's sailboat from Cataumet, MA to Newport, RI for the America's Cup race. We took the train from CT up to someplace on Cape Cod, then hitchhiked to Cataumet. A kid picked us up in an old car and proceeded to scare the crap out of us by careening down the road at very high speed, racing through a stop sign and weaving all over the road while Bill and I prayed silently. We did arrive in one piece and thanked our "benefactor". I really thought our life was ending on that lonely road.

2. After attending a party in NYC, a friend gave my wife and I a ride home to CT. He had quite a bit to drink, and to make it worse, his wife had been flirting with another guy and he was burning mad. He drove like a maniac while my wife and I held hands in the back seat. They were divorced not long after in a bitter divorce.

Basil
04-29-2018, 11:22 PM
1. Many years ago, I volunteered with a friend to help sail a mutual friend's sailboat from Cataumet, MA to Newport, RI for the America's Cup race. We took the train from CT up to someplace on Cape Cod, then hitchhiked to Cataumet. A kid picked us up in an old car and proceeded to scare the crap out of us by careening down the road at very high speed, racing through a stop sign and weaving all over the road while Bill and I prayed silently. We did arrive in one piece and thanked our "benefactor". I really thought our life was ending on that lonely road.

I think that kid must have grown up to become a Taxi Driver in Boston because I took a cab ride in Boston once that sounded a lot like that.

DavidApp
04-30-2018, 08:20 AM
My Wife's Uncle Charlie had suffered a bad farm accident causing him to lose the use of his left leg. He still had the leg but it was of little use as a clutch operating leg.
Rode with him several times on short trips. He drove an old farm truck with a column shift. The clutch was operated with his walking cane. Gear changes involved both hands off the wheel as he depressed the clutch with the cane and shifted with the right hand. All the while going down bumpy farm roads.
He refused to get an automatic for some reason.
Rode his 4 wheeler side saddle.
A real character.

David

Bayless
04-30-2018, 11:13 AM
Several years ago I caught a taxi ride from Veracruz, Mexico to the airport. It was a Datsun 510 wagon with, I think it was, only 3rd gear. The driver didn't like to stop or even slow down much because the shortage of gears made it hard to get going again. Anyway, the whole trip was mostly at 40-45 mph in quite busy traffic. At one point, a garbage truck appeared stopped in our lane. There was way too much oncoming traffic to pass it and I knew that little 510 was no match for the truck. But the driver still didn't slow down at all. Instead, he swerved up onto the sidewalk and passed the truck on the right at 40 mph.

Basil
04-30-2018, 11:33 AM
<snip> But the driver still didn't slow down at all. Instead, he swerved up onto the sidewalk and passed the truck on the right at 40 mph.

And you were yelling "weeeee! This is fun" the whole time, right?

Popeye
04-30-2018, 12:30 PM
Shanghai taxis. Much better today than, say, ten years ago. Holy bleep was driving with them insane. A friend wore a sleeping blindfold; he figured he can't do anything about the driving, so at least try to reduce the associated stress.

Then there is driving in India - not nerve-racking due to speed, but due to all the stuff going on on the streets! Cows to cars.

Bayless
04-30-2018, 02:42 PM
Not exactly, Basil.

mikephillips
04-30-2018, 02:59 PM
Rode to a day long meeting once with this woman I worked with, drove like she was being chased by the devil. Told me she'd passed me a number of times when going home at the end of the day and wanted to know why I drove "like a grandma" when I generally went with the traffic flow instead of cutting in and out of traffic..

Also learned that day not to criticize some drivers of an opposite gender.. She complained that she'd replace the clutch in her Mazda every year and that it was the worst thing anyone ever put in a car. Well, watched how she drove, never took her foot off the clutch pedal and used it to hold the car at lights when facing uphill. I mentioned that was why it wore so quickly and using the brake was a much better way. Well, I got yelled at. She wanted to know just who I was to criticize how her sainted father taught her to drive, that I was lucky she didn't haul off and smack me, and exactly what type of "idiot" I was. The lesson learned was, "don't offer a female driver advice on driving"....

Bayless
04-30-2018, 03:02 PM
Actually, never offer a female advice on anything unless she specifically requests it and then only if the advice is what she wants to hear.
'

DavidApp
04-30-2018, 04:21 PM
Working in China in the 1990s being driven anywhere at night was a harrowing experience.
The Chinese drivers had got the idea that the headlights drained the battery so they only flashed them on and off when they suspected there was another car coming the other way.
Best place to sit in the cab or buss was directly behind the driver with head phones on and hope for the best.

David

DrEntropy
04-30-2018, 05:09 PM
Bangkok taxi driver.

All four off the ground crossing a "klong" bridge.

Asked why he drove with his butt wedged between the door and the seat. His answer was: "Something happen, I let go of wheel and let Buddha drive." :eeek:

mikephillips
05-01-2018, 01:53 PM
Actually, never offer a female advice on anything unless she specifically requests it and then only if the advice is what she wants to hear.
'

My excuse is that I was young then ad didn't know any better. Didn't help that she could be mean as rabid snake...

John Turney
05-01-2018, 03:38 PM
Actually, never offer a female advice on anything unless she specifically requests it and then only if the advice is what she wants to hear.
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Based on this piece of useful advice, I'm taking the Fifth!

Steve
05-01-2018, 05:02 PM
I go out on test drives with customers on a daily basis. Some are very good, some are perfectly competent, and some...

Basil
05-01-2018, 06:06 PM
I go out on test drives with customers on a daily basis. Some are very good, some are perfectly competent, and some...

Should have their license revoked?

DrEntropy
05-01-2018, 06:33 PM
I go out on test drives with customers on a daily basis. Some are very good, some are perfectly competent, and some...

As a salesweasel for the Alfa/Lotus/Porsche shop, I know whereof you speak. My fellow sales guy was the unfortunate one to be aboard an Alfa Spider the prospective buyer unskillfully put out of control on a two lane, downhill, PA twisty-windy and installed it into some trees forty feet down an embankment.

Steve
05-01-2018, 09:22 PM
Should have their license revoked?

Absolutely!

mikephillips
05-02-2018, 01:39 PM
Too easy. They should have their license taken, run through a shredder, the pieces then fired from a cannon over a cliff. The marched to the nearest bus stop, put aboard and tied firmly to a seat and told "be gone thou spawn of driving idiocy, never darken my lot again with your incomprehensible lack of skill and sense lest you be struck on the head from on high".

NutmegCT
05-03-2018, 08:53 AM
Too easy. They should have their license taken, run through a shredder, the pieces then fired from a cannon over a cliff. The marched to the nearest bus stop, put aboard and tied firmly to a seat and told "be gone thou spawn of driving idiocy, never darken my lot again with your incomprehensible lack of skill and sense lest you be struck on the head from on high".

That description could be used on most drivers all over southern New England ...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2017/06/27/where-to-find-americas-worst-drivers/

Basil
05-03-2018, 10:29 AM
That description could be used on most drivers all over southern New England ...

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2017/06/27/where-to-find-americas-worst-drivers/

I can believe that list - see my post #8 about my experience taking a taxi in Boston once. (I've also driven a rental car in Boston when I was working up at Hanscom AFB (lew into Boston).

I'm also not surprised that there were three towns in Texas on the best driver list. Texas is very serious about enforcing their traffic laws. you don't want to speed going through Texas. Trust me on that.

judow
05-04-2018, 12:15 PM
Actually, never offer a female advice on anything unless she specifically requests it and then only if the advice is what she wants to hear.
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Ah, I see you are a wise man. I have rarely been a passenger because somehow I just know I'm a safe driver. Sometime I have been known to have a heavy foot to test my skills, however usually with little or no traffic and alone! Confession is good for the soul.

JPSmit
05-04-2018, 12:20 PM
It is fascinating to me that everyone assumes they are an above average driver.

100 years ago I worked at Jasper Park Lodge Alberta. We finished work and hitchhiked to Calgary for the stampede. Got picked up by a wild driver - speeding- passing on blind corners- did the only thing I could think of- I went to sleep:)

”when I die I hope it is in my sleep like it was for my grandfather- not screaming like the rest of the people in his car.” :devilgrin:

Brooklands
05-04-2018, 02:19 PM
When my dad first started teaching, the school's principal was driving him somewhere when he knocked the mirror off of a parked car. The driver's comment..."Whoa, that was close".

My mother-in-law was always a nervous passenger. One time she put her foot through the floorboards on the passenger side while "applying the brakes".

AngliaGT
05-04-2018, 06:38 PM
[QUOTE=JPSmit;1082048]It is fascinating to me that everyone assumes they are an above average driver.

100 years ago I worked at Jasper Park Lodge Alberta. We finished work and hitchhiked to Calgary for the stampede. Got picked up by a wild driver - speeding- passing on blind corners- did the only thing I could think of- I went to sleep:)

”when I die I hope it is in my sleep like it was for my grandfather- not screaming like the rest of the people in his car.” :devilgrin:



That wasn't a Black '73 Fury,with rabbits in the trunk,was it?

mikephillips
05-07-2018, 01:26 PM
It is fascinating to me that everyone assumes they are an above average driver.

I think I am above average anymore, by the simple fact that when I drive my phone is in my pants pocket...

DavidApp
05-07-2018, 10:06 PM
And I have trouble texting sitting at the kitchen table so I am not about to try to text at 60 mph on the freeway.

Have seen people with a book or newspaper spread out on the wheel while the drove down the road.

David


I think I am above average anymore, by the simple fact that when I drive my phone is in my pants pocket...

Basil
05-07-2018, 10:29 PM
And I have trouble texting sitting at the kitchen table so I am not about to try to text at 60 mph on the freeway.

Have seen people with a book or newspaper spread out on the wheel while the drove down the road.

David

Replyong tu pooosts non thw forme id rlly difficult whle drovinh om bummy roadx.

(I'm kidding!)

JPSmit
05-08-2018, 02:20 AM
And I have trouble texting sitting at the kitchen table so I am not about to try to text at 60 mph on the freeway.

Have seen people with a book or newspaper spread out on the wheel while the drove down the road.

David

Most amazing I ever saw was a guy doing the crossword.

Rhodyspit75
05-08-2018, 09:00 AM
I saw a couple both eating off plates with forks while driving through one of the worst areas of RT 95 in Providence.

mikephillips
05-08-2018, 02:15 PM
Followed a guy up I71 for a couple miles one day who was apparently holding a meeting and eating lunch as he cruised. Had a sandwich in one hand, phone in the other, papers he was digging through on the dash and it seemed the passenger seat and was steering with his left leg up on the wheel. Figured I was better off passing and being out front of someone who seemed to be daring the universe to do something..

pdplot
05-08-2018, 05:04 PM
Posted this a couple of years ago but its apropos now. Boca Raton Florida. A few years ago. Lady pulls up in a convertible - stops at red light. Latte Grande in one hand and a cellphone in the other. What was she steering with? Maybe I shouldn't try to answer that question.

Popeye
05-09-2018, 09:43 AM
Posted this a couple of years ago but its apropos now. Boca Raton Florida. A few years ago. Lady pulls up in a convertible - stops at red light. Latte Grande in one hand and a cellphone in the other. What was she steering with? Maybe I shouldn't try to answer that question.

Steering with her airbags?

Basil
05-09-2018, 10:04 AM
Steering with her airbags?

Groan.

Popeye
05-09-2018, 10:22 AM
Groan.

Saline bags? I am not up on the latest technology in that department...

(Sorry for the bad humor, but with this post i successfully transitioned from warrior to knight! Woo-hoo! - I have a ways to go on some of you!)

Basil
05-09-2018, 10:48 AM
(Sorry for the bad humor, but with this post i successfully transitioned from warrior to knight! Woo-hoo! - I have a ways to go on some of you!)

Too bad you didn't transition a few days ago, then we could have said "May the 4th be with you"

Popeye
05-10-2018, 11:04 AM
Too bad you didn't transition a few days ago, then we could have said "May the 4th be with you"

Always one step behind!

Rumor has it, Rick Moranis and Mel Brooks may be thinking of a second Spaceballs movie ... we may be able to say lots of funny things!

(Did anyone see Rick Moranis make his appearance on TV, supposedly last night?)

Edit: If anyone wants a good laugh - and have a bit of time: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094012/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu